Style Scoop: BFA Awards, Louis Vuitton in Miami, and Karl’s Rolex

In Paris or Munich? Drop by one of the Karl Lagerfeld stores to pick up the Kaiser’s latest customization: a 19,000 euro, matte black Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss with Uncle Karl’s profile at 7 o’clock.

So who won at last night’s British Fashion Awards? Christopher Kane made out big as Womenswear Designer of the Year; Miuccia Prada took home top honors for International Designer; Kate Moss was honored for her 25 years in the industry (talk about staying power – she has a face and body that just won’t quit – see Playboy for proof); Burberry took home two honors for menswear and designer brand; JW Anderson took home the prize for new establishment; Nicholas Kirkwood was named Accessories Designer of the Year – for the third year in a row; and One Direction’s Harry Styles was recognized by Vodafone for embodying the spirit of London in style. I guess he’s named aptly.

Unfortunate news for internet shoppers – the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold New York’s internet tax… meaning your purchases from Amazon and and other online retailers aren’t exempt any longer. This evens the playing field for brick-and-mortar stores, so it’ll be good for business… just maybe not so much for the shopper.

Part of Versace is up for sale, up to a 20% stake. The sale would make some of those involved billionairesnot including Donatella, surprisingly.

Louis Vuitton is set to unveil “a house by the shore” during Design Miami. The house was conceived in 1934, but hadn’t been built ’til now.

FashionFeed: Balenciaga Taps Fresh Meat, Louis Vuitton Goes Sugary Sweet

● Balenciaga traded popularity for anonymity and booked newcomer Laura Kampman for their SS12 ad campaign. [Grazia]

● Louis Vuitton’s SS12 campaign is filled with lots of pretty little details, like pink and lollipops. [Hint]

● Fashion designer, television star, and now, record-breaker: Michael Kors’ shares jumped 25% in one day when his company went public at the NYSE yesterday. [Telegraph]

● Julia Restoin Roitfeld said that having a baby was more on her wishlist than getting married. [NYT]

● Azzaro creative directorVanessa Seward is teaming up with French clothing brand A.P.C on a capsule collection. [WWD]

● Peep this awesome slideshow of designer Daphne Javitch’s favorite moments from her trip to the Marrakesh International Film Festival. [Refinery29]

12 Must-See Fashion Exhibits for 2012

If you’re still kicking yourself for missing the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty retrospective, there are twelve ways to fill your fashion exhibit void this year. MTV FORA has put together a solid list of displays across the globe, and it features everything from the Azzedine Alaïa exhibit in Holland (one displayed creation pictured) to the highly-anticipated Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs tribute in Paris. See the roundup—which includes three events that you can catch right here in New York—after the jump.

1. Christian Louboutin at the Design Museum, London (March 28 – July 1, 2012)

2. Azzedine Alaïa at the Groninger Museum, Holland (December 11, 2011 – May 6, 2012)

3. Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada at the Met, New York (May 10 – August 19, 2012)

4. Coco Chanel at the Mint Museum Randolph, North Carolina (May 21, 2011 – February 26, 2012)

5. Jean Paul Gaultier at the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas (November 13, 2011 – February 12, 2012)

6. James Bond Style at The Barbican, London (April 2012) 

7. Fashion, A-Z at the FIT Museum, New York (November 29, 2011 – May 8, 2012)

8. Diana Vreeland at the Fortuny Museum, Italy (March 2012)

9. Yves Saint Laurent at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado (March 25 – July 8, 2012)

10. Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs at Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris (March 9 – September 16, 2012)

11. 50 Years of CFDA at the FIT Museum, New York (February 10 – April 17, 2012)

12. David LaChapelle at the Seoul Art Center, North Korea (November 22, 2011 – February 26, 2012)

Fake Designer Shopping Bags are a Thing in China

While a bill to ban the purchasing and selling of counterfeit designer handbags is being proposed here in the States, folks in China are on to a new label-obsessed craze: fake shopping bags. As in, paper bags that carry the logo of a luxury designer, creating the illusion that inside of the bag is an actual designer item purchase, but really the bag is either empty, or contains Radio Shack batteries.

According to China Daily, one of the most popular producers of these phony carriers is Wang Xuesheng, who is the owner of a paper-packing factory in Guangzhou. He claims that he sold over 600 fake Louis Vuitton paper bags, priced at 3 yuan (approx $0.50) a pop, within 30 days. He also sells shopping bags, boxes, and ribbons for Chanel, Prada, Hermès, Burberry, and Gucci, which is another top-seller. "I used to produce paper bags for people who had created their own brands for online stores, but later I noticed an increasing demand for paper bags with logos from high-end goods," Xuesheng told China Daily. "In the beginning, my clients were mostly people who sell fake handbags. Later, we gradually won more independent customers."

As for why consumers would want to fake-out their peers by carrying faulty packaging, shopper Yang Xiaoya explained the appeal to China Daily: "Paper bags with a famous logo are better looking than ordinary ones. I use them to carry things or to contain presents for my friends." While we understand the sentimental value of celebrated designer logos, we’d only be cheating ourselves if we totted around a cheap handbag or shopping bag emblazoned with Chanel. Plus, how pissed would your friends be if they excitedly opened a Prada giftbox from you, only to find a random book inside?

‘Marc Jacobs for Dior’ Rumors Are So 2011

Now that Jil Sander creative director Raf Simons is in talks to become the new head designer at Dior, we can officially lay to rest the possibility of Marc Jacobs taking over for the headless house. Although designing for an haute couture legend would have been a first for Jacobs, he’s said before that he’s "very happy" working at Louis Vuitton—so much so that he plans on making 2012 the French fashion house’s best year ever, starting with three major projects. 

First up for Vuitton is the brand’s premiere stand-alone fine jewelry store, opening in the Place Vendome in Paris this month. Next, there’s that massive Paris exhibition opening on March 9 at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs called Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs, which is "spread over two floors, each one devoted to the life and work of each man," the Telegraph reports. Finally, there’s Vuitton’s highly-anticipated debut fragrance, which is currently being worked on but still has a TBD launch date, Jacobs confirms.

So, we all know that the designer is exceptionally fine and dandy at Vuitton, but how does he really feel about not moving to Dior? He tells the Telegraph that it was a "great honor to be considered," but not moving was "probably best for everyone."

Louis Vuitton x Sofia Coppola Cruise 2012 Bags Are Perforated Perfection

Like most things Sofia Coppola touches, her latest collaboration with French fashion house Louis Vuitton is effortlessly cool. Inspired by old school LV, the cruise 2012 accessories collection is filled with bags from the luxury label’s past, but are spruced up with sportswear details, like bright hues and perforations. 

Even the classic monogrammed Saumur ($1,950) and Chantilly ($1,640) handbags are back, but still feel very new, thanks to the colored trim and interior, exposed through diamond-shaped cutouts. Speaking of Chantilly, the pictured Flore Chantilly in turquoise or black ($2,580) is guaranteed to be a bestseller for it’s on-trend compact style and classic Coppola vibe.

The collection also features Saumur clutches in monogram or white, and a monogrammed beach bag with a playful touristy theme. See the full range here

Watch David Bowie and Arizona Muse in Louis Vuitton’s New ‘L’Invitation au Voyage’

“I’d rather be high…” sings David Bowie (me too, Bowie…) in Louis Vuitton’s new Venice Film featuring Arizona Muse. The two appear at the center of a masquerade ball, with Bowie as the evening’s entertainment, and Arizona arriving by hot air ballon. It’s the only way to travel, really.

And then of course there’s Arizona’s Vivienne bag, the instigator of her Bowie-filled dream.

On the Louis Vuitton site, you can explore the ballroom, no travel required, and get a greater glimpse of Muse’s Venice dream by watching the director’s cut. There’s even a man in Louis Vuitton gilt body paint! They must have listened to mycostume suggestions.

Breaking News: Nicolas Ghesquière Finally Has a Home

After much speculation and months of near-confirmation, Balenciaga’s former designer Nicolas Ghesquière has been confirmed as artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s women’s collection, effective immediately.

Ghesquière’s departure and subsequent rift with Balenciaga left a hole for Alexander Wang to fill, but the bigger question still seemed to be where Nicolas would go next. With Marc Jacobs’ decision to leave Louis Vuitton and focus on his own brand, Louis Vuitton seemed like the obvious place – it was only a matter of time before confirmation – and now we have it. Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton will show in Paris during the fall collections in March.

Considering Louis Vuitton’s current push to scale back proliferation of its logo and escalate the aesthetic, Ghesquière seems a perfect choice. Part of his clash with executives at Balenciaga came from a disagreement over future direction for the house – Ghesquière insisted on pushing the boundaries and upping the elite factor, while Kering, Balenciaga’s family company, had a different, more commercial vision.

With Ghesquière at the helm, Louis Vuitton is poised for critical acclaim. His talents have been missed, and we’re excited to see him back in action.

Why Don’t You Go As A Louis Vuitton Bag?

In case you didn’t get your fill of Halloween festivities this past weekend, since the ghoulish night falls on a Thursday the costumes and candies last almost two weeks this year. If you’re still searching for dress-up inspiration or need another transformational persona to add to your roster, look to the sittings and parties that are more fantasy than fashion. Photographers like Miles Aldridge, Steven Klein, and David LaChapelle have your back.


Why don’t you go as a Louis Vuitton bag? Grab a stencil and some body confidence and get to work. Lil’ Kim photographed by David LaChapelle.

image-3You could always go as the creepy, pure girl. Steven Klein photographs Kate Moss as Good Kate for W.


Bad Kate is an option as well. Here, Moss plays the demon. Pearlescent teeth, mounds of accessories, and horns should do the trick.

image-5Toss the conical bras and lace gloves and try for a different Madonna. Alana Zimmer photographed by Miles Aldridge. For her sickly look, grab the Moroccan oil and some lavender blush.

image-3Always an option: grab a couture Margiela mask and go as Kanye West.

image-4 If pretty is more your thing, go as Natalie Vodianova’s Alice as shot by Annie Leibovitz. A blue dress, some maryjanes, a headband, and a smattering of small furniture should call the adventure to mind.

image-5Reference more than a few historical figures by going as David LaChapelle’s rendering of Amanda Lepore as Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe.

image-6…Or as David LaChapelle’s Amanda Lepore as Andy Warhol’s Liz Taylor.

image-7The ultimate surrealist costume inspiration, courtesy of Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and Baron Alexis de Redé at their Surrealist Ball in 1972.